Avoiding the Holiday Blues
The holidays are supposed to be a time of celebration and joy, but for millions of Americans, they can herald unprecedented bouts of depression and anxiety. The National Mental Health Association (NMHA)suggests that there are many reasons why people suffer from the “Holiday Blues.” Unrealistic expectations, over-commercialization, and financial constraints are just a small part of the difficult conditions that create an unhealthy holiday atmosphere.
So what can you do to defend yourself from the holiday blues? The NMHA recommends the following:
–Keep expectations for the holiday season manageable.
–Leave “yesteryear” in the past and look toward the future.
–Do something for someone else.
–Enjoy activities that are free, such as driving around to look at holiday decorations; going window shopping without buying; making a snowperson with children.
–Be aware that excessive drinking will only increase your feelings of depression.
–Try something new.
–Save time for yourself!